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Sign up for Ag CORE leadership program

Seven sessions throughout 2023 will key on communication, organization, relationships and engagement.

Jennifer Kiel, Editor, Michigan Farmer and Ohio Farmer

November 17, 2022

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APPLY NOW: The deadline for applications is Nov. 21 for the next yearlong Michigan Ag CORE program.Morsa Images/Getty Images

Any farmer or agricultural professional looking to develop and advance their leadership skills is encouraged to apply for the next yearlong Michigan Ag CORE (communication, organization, relationships and engagement) program. The deadline for applications is Nov. 21.

Seven sessions throughout 2023 will offer participants an introspective dive into their leadership abilities. Three in-person and four virtual sessions will cover the following topics:

  • personality profiles; creating a team culture; managing dysfunction, friction and strong personalities; employee engagement; and servant leadership

  • an overview of human resources topics and legal issues related to employment practices and workplace safety

  • organizational governance

  • public speaking, issue advocacy and communication

Now in its second year, the program is offered by the Michigan Soybean Committee, Michigan Wheat Program and Michigan Potato Industry Commission.

The Michigan Ag CORE program is limited in class size. Interested parties must submit a completed, online application by Nov. 21. No prior leadership training is required.

Applicants will be notified by Dec. 1 regarding their acceptance into the program. Upon acceptance, a $200 participation fee will be invoiced, and payment must be received by Dec. 15. Upon successful program completion, $100 of the participation fee will be returned to the participant.

The programs goals are to allow participants to gain specific tools to generate measurable results by developing interpersonal skills and the ability to manage family and business relationships in a productive and meaningful manner. It is hoped that participants will lead a strong farm culture and have the ability to attract, grow and retain multigenerational talent.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer Kiel

Editor, Michigan Farmer and Ohio Farmer

While Jennifer is not a farmer and did not grow up on a farm, "I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone with more appreciation for the people who grow our food and fiber, live the lifestyles and practice the morals that bind many farm families," she says.

Before taking over as editor of Michigan Farmer in 2003, she served three years as the manager of communications and development for the American Farmland Trust Central Great Lakes Regional Office in Michigan and as director of communications with Michigan Agri-Business Association. Previously, she was the communications manager at Michigan Farm Bureau's state headquarters. She also lists 10 years of experience at six different daily and weekly Michigan newspapers on her impressive resume.

Jennifer lives in St. Johns with her two daughters, Elizabeth, 19, and Emily 16.

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